See below for a collection of resources aimed at helping classicists teach topics of immigration and race and ethnicity in the current political climate.
Statements by Institutions of Higher Education regarding the Immigration Executive Order
The statements put out by colleges, universities, and academic professional organizations regarding the Immigration Executive Order are being collected here.
Undocumented Student Resources
The following universities offer free legal help to undocumented students, or work with local organizations that do.
The University of California, through the University of California Undocumented Legal Services Center at the UC Davis School of Law.
To date, 10 colleges and universities have declared themselves sanctuary campuses: Drake University, Emerson College, Pitzer College, Portland State University, Reed College, Santa Fe Community College, Scripps College, Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Wesleyan University. Numerous other schools have petitions on the subject pending, and many have pledged support for undocumented students, while not adopting the term “sanctuary campus.” You can find a map tracking these developments here.
Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University, has responded to Princeton’s decision not to be a sanctuary campus in The Daily Princetonian. He writes, “Even if the concept “has no basis in law,” Princeton’s designation as a “sanctuary” campus would be an exceptionally potent speech-act, rendered all the more potent by Princeton’s national and international profile. Now, more than ever, words matter: not the words carefully scripted so as to remain on the right side of the law, but words that, by espousing and championing a moral vision, will offer visible sustenance to those potentially or actually under assault.”
#Immigrationsyllabus, a resource developed by immigration historians from across the country to help the public understand the deep historical roots of today’s immigration debates. Created in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.
Resources for Teaching Race and Ethnicity
Resources for Teaching Race and Ethnicity in Classical Antiquity by Rebecca Kennedy (a collection of syllabi as well as a wide range of other content)
#ClassicsSoWhite by Hilary Lehman
What Would James Baldwin Do? by Denise McCoskey
Fragile, Handle with Care by Mathura Umachandran
We Condone it By Our Silence by Rebecca Kennedy
Modules from Ancient Leadership in the Era of Trump (Sunoikisis Leadership Course)
- “Our Only Goal Will Be the Western Shore: Treatment of Immigrants in America and Ancient Greece” by Zoe Stamatopoulou
- “American Pie: Leadership and Identity” by Rebecca Kennedy
- “Shelter from the Storm: Drama, Supplication, Refugees” by Amy Pistone and Rebecca Kennedy